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Name:                         Cllr. Mick Finn., Lord Mayor of Cork 2018/2019

Date of Birth:              21st January 1972

First Elected:               2009. Topped poll in ward in 2014. Contested two Dáil elections

Ward:                          Cork City South Central

Address:                       Annmount, Friars Walk, Cork



Primary St Marie's of the Isle; Scoil Neasain (Sullivan's Quay)
Secondary Coláiste Iognaid Ris (Deerpark CBS)
Third Level UCC (BA History, English), Master of Science (Politics & Government)

DIT Rathmines (DIP in Journalism)



1994-1998 Worked as a senior journalist, Deputy Editor with the Westmeath Independent in Athlone.
1998 Spent a year travelling in Australia, worked also for the Irish Echo newspaper and Ad News Media magazine, both in Sydney.
1999 Worked as Editor of Gaelic Sport magazine in Dublin.
2000-2002 Returned to Australia as Deputy Editor of the Irish Echo newspaper, covering among other things the 2000 Olympic Games, the 2001 Lions Tour, Irish Presidential and Taoiseach state visits.
2002-2005 Worked as a Project Manager of the Cork GAA Designated Area Scheme, coaching in the schools, delivering coaching to club coaches and fostering 
school-club links.
2006 Parliamentary Assistant to a Cork TD, working on press, PR, policy research, campaign organisation and constituency work.
2007 Started a 10 year role with the School Completion Programme in the south west city area of Cork, designing and delivering programmes for students at risk of early school leaving and providing innovative services like breakfast, homework and study clubs for primary and secondary school students.
2017 Youth Officer for Cork City and County with the Cork ETB in October of 2017.


  • Lifelong member of St. Finbarr's NHFC. Won County Championship hurling medals at minor, u-21 and junior league; Vice Chairman of, and Coach with underage section; junior and u-21 hurling and senior camogie selector and Coach; Member of Central Management Committee.
  • Chairman, midlands brach of NUJ; Chairman, New South Wales GAA; Member of Sydney Shamrock's GAA team while in Australia; represented NSW in Australasian Games.
  • Secretary of SQ1828, Committee formed to close Sullivan's Quay NS in 2006; author/editor of commemorative book; organiser of banquet and ceremonies.
  • Annual organiser of UCC Darkness Into Light for Pieta House, one of the biggest walk/run events in the Cork calendar.
  • Founder and organiser of annual Hurling by the Lough for primary schools.
  • Founding member of Edmund Rice Youth Club, run by Brother Ben Cusack since the early 80s.
  • Committee Member of the Lantern Community Development Project at Nano Nagle Place; Greenmount Youth Initiative; Cork Concert Orchestra; South Parish Pastoral Council; Gaelscoil Teaghlaigh Naofa Board of Management.
  • Director of Cork Opera House.


  • Great love for music and a regular concert goer. Huge fan of Frank Sinatra, Matt Monro, Perry Como and Pavarotti. Wide, eclectic mix of music interests from the musicals to Micheal O Suilleabhain, Mary Black, The Script, Coldplay, Picture This, Jenny Greene and Sam Smyth.
  • Great love of sport, particularly hurling and follow the Barrs and Cork teams. Played hurling with the Barrs, UCC freshers, DIT Fitzgibbon Cup, Sydney Shamrocks and New South Wales. Try to play golf and am a member of Mahon Golf Club. Long-suffering Tottenham Hotspur fan.
  • Help various charities including Pieta House and Hope Foundation.
  • Like to read biographies and watch good TV dramas such as House of Cards and West Wing and comedies such as Frasier, Family Guy and Only Fools and Horses. Also a big fan of newspapers and print media.